Alan Belcher, Former UFC Fighter, Wins HW Boxing Debut

Alan Belcher
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Former UFC middleweight Alan Belcher showcased his freakish new frame in his boxing debut, finishing Ryan Shough at a recent Summit FC bout.

Belcher left MMA in 2013 after a long career in the UFC octagon. He faced the likes of Michael Bisping, Yushin Okami, and Patrick Cote during his time with the promotion.

A lot has changed over the years for Belcher, a former UFC middleweight that has someone moved up to heavyweight for this new venture in boxing.

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Belcher, like many of his former UFC colleagues, has gotten the urge to compete again and transition from MMA to boxing. His boxing debut went almost as perfect as one could hope for, as he overwhelmed Shough with a few knockdowns en route to a second-round finish at SFC 39.

Check out Belcher’s debut below.

Alan Belcher Is The Latest In A Slew Of Former UFC Standouts To Compete In Boxing

Belcher, along with former UFC champions Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva, have gotten off to great stars in their young boxing careers. Silva most recently defeated another former UFC champ, Tito Ortiz at a Triller boxing event earlier this year.

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On that same card, Belfort knocked out heavyweight boxing legend Evander Holyfield in mere seconds.

Belcher made his professional MMA debut back in 2004, before signing with the UFC in 2006. He had a relatively mixed-bag of a UFC career but did earn wins over the likes of Sean Salmon, Cote, and Rousimar Palhares.

It’s unclear what Belcher’s future looks like in the boxing world, but he’s already off to a great start in his new career venture. At 37 years old, he could still have plenty of time left in the ring, especially without cutting down to 185 pounds as he did in the UFC.

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Curtis Calhoun is a Combat Sports Contributor based in Seattle, Washington. After a longtime dream of becoming a sports journalist, he was able to accomplish his goals upon graduating from Washington State University in 2016.